Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome to December!


Cold weather, cups of hot cocoa, snuggling inside under a blanket…these are just a few of the
blessings that winter brings us this month! Here at Authentic Living Ministries we are looking forward to what this month, and the coming new year, have in store for us.

This month we are wrapping up our study, “Adorn Yourself with Godliness”. We will be having study every week except for December 26 & 28, so please don’t miss out on the end of what has been a tremendous time of spiritual, and personal, growth!

Looking ahead…as we move into the new year I would like to take the time to announce a brand new study! 

This one is by Debbie Alsdorf. Here’s what you need to know…
  • Book Title: “He Is My All: Living in the Truth of God's Love for Me” by Debbie Alsdorf
  • Cost: on Amazon, it’s $9.99 for Kindle version and $11.24 for a paperback. (prices subject to change)
  • Date Study Begins: Monday, January 2 and Wednesday, January 4
  • Link: BUY IT HERE!


I am so excited and looking forward to what God has in store for us here at Authentic Living Ministries as we move into the new year!

As always, as I close this post, I want to ask you to help me get the word out about our Bible Study Group! Please invite your lady friends to join with us, and direct them to the Blog for full information!

Be blessed!


Kathy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Update for Authentic Living Ministries



This month is all about being thankful, and I’m positive that we all have quite a bit to be thankful for! Here’s just a taste of what I’m thankful for…fall weather, family togetherness, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin ice cream, a roof over my head, great friends, and an awesome God!

What are some of the things you are thankful for?

As you know we are currently studying the book “Adorn Yourself with Godliness” by Melanie Newton. If you haven’t picked up your copy, I strongly encourage you to do so today! It’s free, and I promise you will get so much more out of the study if you are following along instead of ‘winging it’.   Click on the Study Schedule tab for the download link.



Here is what our November schedule looks like:
  • Lesson 12 – Nov 2
  • Lesson 13 – Nov 7 & Nov 9
  • Lesson 14 – Nov 14 & Nov 16
  • No Meeting – Nov 21 & Nov 23 – Happy Thanksgiving Week!
  • Lesson 15 – Nov 28 & Nov 30

Just as November 1st is a new month, I’d like to take a moment to let you know about a small change in our Authentic Living Ministries Policy…as of today ALM is no longer affiliated with the Vineyard, nor are we listed in their Small Group catalog.

What does this mean for you? Well, nothing has changed, we are still meeting every week to study God’s word, it simply means that we are no longer tied to their time schedule. To be honest, there are several studies that I believe will help us grow and deepen our faith, but trying to squeeze them into a certain amount of weeks was a bit challenging.

I do want to say that if you are a member of the Vineyard, you are more than welcome to continue studying with us! ALM is not going anywhere!

Looking ahead…please partner with me in prayer for our next study, which will begin in January. I’ve got several possibilities, but no clear direction, so your prayers on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

Also, would you partner with me in getting the word out about Authentic Living Ministries? You’re invites matter!

My vision for this ministry is to have multiple teachers, with multiple study dates, so that we are available every day for Bible study. So I am asking for you to be actively engaged in reaching out to the women in your life and inviting them to join Authentic Living Ministries!

Be blessed Ladies!


Kathy



Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Bible Study Updates!



Hello Ladies!

Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means...everything pumpkin!  ha ha - Most specifically, pumpkin spice!!  Love it!

What are some of your favorite things about fall?

Our current Bible Study, "Adorn Yourself with Godliness", continues this month with...

  • Sept 19 & 21 - Lesson 7, 'Put on Submission'
  • Sept 26 & 28 - Lesson 8, 'Criteria for Church Leaders, "Elders".


Once again, we meet for an hour on Monday nights at 8 pm & Wednesday afternoons at 1 pm. Both days are identical in content, you get to choose whichever day fits your schedule.

As the days grow longer and we get closer to the end of the year I'd like to ask you to consider becoming a regular 'Small Group Inviter'!  It's simple, easy and fun!

To begin with, think about one or two women who would be blessed to join an online Small Group, then simply extend an invitation to them to join Authentic Living Ministries! Whether by Facebook invite, or email, simply send them the link to the blog... www.AuthenticLivingMinistries.Blogspot.com, and ask them to prayerfully consider joining us.

If we all invite one or two women just imagine what awesome things God could do in our weekly meetings!

As always, be blessed!

Kathy



Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 8 & 10 - What's Happening on the Blog!



Welcome to another beautiful August week!

This second week of the month is just as amazing as the first…here in Arizona we’ve actually had some much needed rain and although the weather is creeping back up to its regular scorching temperature it sure was fun while it lasted.

Here at Authentic Living Ministries we are getting ready for our 2nd study from the “Adorn Yourself with Godliness” series and it’s going to be just as fantastic as last week’s!




We are meeting on Monday, August 8 @ 8 pm and Wednesday, August 10 @ 1 pm.



Just a note – although we have already begun the current study, please feel free to join in at any time! ALM has an ‘open door’ policy! Come when you can, and don’t worry about ‘missing out’ on any previous talks.  Our online format lends itself beautifully to fitting into your schedule.

If you haven’t downloaded the FREE study yet, please visit the Study Schedule Tab

If you are not currently a member of the Group, but would like to join, please visit the 

Looking ahead… Authentic Living Ministries will not be meeting during the week of September 5 & 7 so that we might all celebrate Labor Day with our families.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know using the ‘Contact Me’ widget on the right side of the Blog.

Be Blessed!






Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Study Begins THIS Week!




Welcome to August!


August 1st & August 3rd we begin a new study called “Adorn Yourself with Godliness” by Melanie Newton. You can download it for FREE as a PDF or read it online, whichever format is easier for you. For full information, and to download your study, please visit the Study Schedule Tab on the ALM blog.

We will be discussing Week 1 this week, Monday, August 1 at 8 pm or Wednesday, August 3 at 1 pm.

I am so very excited to have you join us!nIf you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!


Blessings, Kathy

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Welcome to a new week at Authentic Living Ministries!


Hi there!

It’s hard to believe that the month of July is just about over, but as we slip into the month of August I cannot help but sit back and rejoice over what God has done in our little group! I know that in my own life I’ve seen tremendous growth and change, and from the feedback I’ve received so have you.

This week is our final week of the “Psalms for the Heart” study, and it promises to be a great finale to an amazing study. Be sure to join us on Monday@8 pm or Wednesday@1 pm as we bring it to a close.

As you know, next week, August 1st & August 3rd, we begin a new study called “Adorn Yourself with Godliness” by Melanie Newton.  You can download it for FREE as a PDF or read it online, whichever format is easier for you.  For full information, and to download your study, please visit the Study Schedule Tab on the ALM blog.

Please begin reading it this week so that we can dive into discussion on Monday.

As always, I would like to ask you to continue to lift our group up in prayer and I also encourage you to spread the word about our online group. Be an inviter as well as an attender!

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!



Blessings, Kathy





If you’re reading this on the Blog and not in your email box, and would like to join Small Group, follow these instructions…
  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Psalms for the Heart Study, Week 2



Hello Ladies!

Welcome to another beautiful summer week! After a full day of activities and life in motion it's nice to be able to meet together with a fantastic group of women as we dig deeper into the word of God!

As you know, we are on week 2 of our current study, "Psalms for the Heart". If you haven't downloaded it yet, please head over to the "Study Schedule" Tab.

And while there, please make a note of our upcoming study, "Adorn Yourself with Godliness: A Study of 1st Timothy & Titus" by Melanie Newton, which begins August 1 & 3.

See you at Study!

Blessings,
Kathy





If you’re reading this on the Blog and not in your email box, and would like to join Small Group, follow these instructions…
  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Be Basic: Week 14 - Chapter 13

(for those of you who are receiving this in your email, please click on the title to go to the blog for the full message)




Welcome to Authentic Living Ministries!

This week we are finishing up our last lesson in the "Be Basic" study by Warren Wiersbe.  Be sure to join us for our discussion, as it promises to bring closure to an amazing anointed study. 

Monday@8 pm or Wednesday@1 pm


Our next study is...

"Psalms from the Heart" 

Begins on Monday, June 27 at 8 pm and Wednesday, June 29 at 1 pm.

"For centuries the Psalms have been read and loved by people from many backgrounds and viewpoints, largely because, being poetry, they speak to the heart directly. They laugh, they sing, they weep, they rail, they cry out in pain, fright, derision, joy, and the sheer delight of life. Consequently, many read them solely to find an answering spirit to their own mood. But the Psalms are much more than poetry..." quoted from the Joyful Living study, "Psalms from the Heart"

Please join Authentic Living Ministries for this amazing 4 week Bible study featuring 3 of the Psalms...chapters 23, 34 and 139.

You can download "Psalms from the Heart" from the Joy of Living website, in either Word or PDF format.

Here is the schedule:

  • June 27 / June 29 - Discuss Week 1*
  • July 4 / July 6 - 4th of July Holiday, no group
  • July 11 / July 13 - Discuss Week 2
  • July 18 / July 20 - Discuss Week 3
  • July 25 / July 27 - Discuss Week 4


*in order to fully discuss Week 1, please download and begin the study THIS week.



Blessings! - Kathy







Sunday, June 12, 2016

Be Basic: Week 13 - Chapter 12


Please click on the title to read the full post on the Authentic Living Ministries Blog...



This week on Authentic Living Ministries we will be studying Chapter Twelve in the Be Basic study by Warren Wiersbe.  Join us as we learn that God is as work in our lives as we study Genesis 11.

Monday @ 8 pm | Wednesday @ 1 pm


In last week's email I announced our next Bible study, but the details have changed. Our next Small Group Semester begins in September, which means that we will need to have a shorter study.  Here are the details...

Our next study BEGINS on Monday, June 27 at 8 pm or Wednesday, June 29 at 1 pm.

This 4 week study is called "Psalms of the Heart" and covers three of the Psalms; Chapters 23, 34 and 139.  Please visit the Study Schedule Tab for directions on how to download it.

Many blessings!

Kathy






Sunday, June 5, 2016

Be Basic: Week 12 - Chapter 11



Welcome back!  

I trust that your holiday week was blessed, and that you are ready to dive into the final 3 weeks of our current study, "Be Basic by Warren Wiersbe"!


This week we will be studying Chapter Eleven..."The Rest of the Story". This week's scripture is Genesis 9:18-10:32.



ANNOUNCEMENT

Our next study will be "Go and Tell" by The Salvation Army Women's Ministry and begins on June 27 & June 29.

In 1 Chronicles 16:23 it says, ‘Sing to the Lord, all the earth: proclaim his salvation day after day’. This invitation to ‘proclaim’ our wonderful God is repeated throughout Scripture. When we know something really good we are compelled to tell others about it. It is hoped that through this Bible study series we will be inspired to Go and Tell! others about our personal Savior.

Join us as we take a look at Ephesians in this FREE Bible study!


I will be posting a link to where you can download this study next week, but in the mean time, please prayerfully consider inviting any of your friends who might enjoy a weekly, online Bible study with a great group of women.

Blessings,
Kathy




Sunday, May 29, 2016

It's Memorial Day!



No Small Group this week!

Join us next week as we continue our study, Be Basic by Warren Wiersbe.  

Monday, June 6 @ 8 pm and Wednesday, June 8 @ 1 pm!



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Be Basic: Week 10 - Chapter 9


It's hard to believe but we are already midway through the month of May!  While time seems to be running away from us, there are more exciting Bible truths to discover in our current study, "Be Basic by Warren Wiersbe.

This week we are studying Chapter 9, "The God of New Beginnings", which covers Genesis 8. Next time you are searching the scriptures for some comfort and assurance, try reading the eighth chapter of Genesis. This chapter details God's 'mop-up' after the flood, and the major theme of this chapter is renewal and rest after tribulation.  Just what an anxious believer needs!

Join us on Monday, May 16 at 8 pm or Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm as we continue this study.

Announcement! Next week is Memorial Day weekend.  We are taking the week off!  Please enjoy your holiday and come back refreshed for the next chapter!

Blessings, Kathy

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Be Basic: Chapter Seven


Welcome to the month of May!  

I just love this time of year in Arizona.  The weather is beautiful, not quite hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but not too cool either.  The days are often breezy, and we get some lovely rain here and there.

As you know, we've been studying the BE: Basic series by Warren Wiersbe, and let me just say how much I am enjoying the discovery of Genesis, how the earth began and how we fit into God's plan. This week we are studying Chapter Seven, so I hope you're ready to learn "When the Outlook is Bleak, Try the Uplook". (Genesis 4:25-6:8)


We meet on Monday, May 2 at 8 pm or Wednesday, May 4 at 1 pm.

If you would like to join us, please click on the "Join Small Group" Tab for instructions on how to register.  Need the book?  Click on the "Study Schedule" Tab

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BE Basic: Chapter Five





Happy Monday Ladies!

Welcome once again to another great week of Bible Study and Fellowship!

This week we are discussing Chapter 5, 'Perils in Paradise', of the BE Basic study by Warren Wiersbe.  In Chapter 5 we will be discussing Genesis 3, and why, if this chapter were not in the Bible, there would be no Bible as we know it.

We meet on Monday, April 18 at 8 pm or Wednesday, April 20 at 1 pm.

If you would like to join us, please click on the "Join Small Group" Tab for instructions on how to register.  Need the book?  Click on the "Study Schedule" Tab

Blessings!

Kathy



Sunday, April 10, 2016

BE Basic: Chapter Four



Hello Ladies!

Welcome to another week with Authentic Living Ministries!

The last few weeks have brought tremendous insight into the beginnings of Creation as we studied Genesis 1 & 2, and I am looking forward to continuing to learn about what Genesis has to say with Chapter Four.."This Is My Father's World-or Is It?"


You are invited to join with us on Monday, April 11 at 8 pm or Wednesday, April 13 at 1 pm.






Here are some points you should be aware of...



ANNOUNCEMENT

If you attend VCNP here are some important dates for the upcoming Women's Ministry Events.



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Be Basic, Chapter Three




Hello Ladies!

I pray your week has been a good one, full of God's blessings and great friends.  This week we are going to be studying Chapter Three of the BE Basic study by Warren Wiersbe.

Join us either Monday night at 8 pm or Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm.




Blessings!

Kathy

Sunday, March 20, 2016

BE Basic, Chapter One This Week!


Hi there!

Happy Spring!  The weather has been just beautiful, hasn't it?  I love this time of the year.  As we begin to slide into warmer weather it's a perfect time to cuddle up with a glass of raspberry iced tea, your laptop, and plans to dig deeper into the word of God with an amazing group of women!

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone this week!  Monday @ 8 pm or Wednesday @ 1 pm.




This week we will be discussing BE: Basic, Chapter One. 

Just a quick note about the book...while you do need to purchase a copy to experience the full scope of our BE Basic Bible Study, please don't feel as though you cannot attend a meeting because you haven't received your copy yet.  We want you to join with us!

On that note, please read Chapter Two for the discussion next week, and if you haven't gotten your copy of the book yet please visit the Study Schedule tab for complete information on where to purchase BE: Basic and our Study Schedule.

See you on Monday or Wednesday!

Blessings, Kathy

Sunday, March 13, 2016

New Study, BE Basic, Begins THIS Week!


Hello Ladies!  

I am so excited to announce that our next study, BE: Basic, begins THIS week! You are officially invited to join us on either, Monday night at 8 pm or Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm, or both, as we dig deeper into the book of Genesis and learn about where we all began.




The world has become a confusing place. Every day we are confronted with cloudy moral issues that once seemed clear. When did the simple things get so complicated? But instead of wondering how we got here, maybe we should revisit how we got started. And there's no better place to start than the beginning of God's Word, the book of Genesis.

Be Basic (Genesis 1-11): Believing the Simple Truth of God's Word by Warren W. Wiersbe.

Buy it from Amazon  - in Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from Christianbooks - in eBook, Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from LifeWay - in eBook



Here are just a few things you need to know:
  • Our format is basically this: Read a chapter, then we will discuss it the next week. 
    • Example: This week we discuss the Introduction and begin reading Chapter One, which we will discuss next week.
  • I've created a Daily Devotional Outline for your convenience.  It has been uploaded to our FB Group Page under the tab labeled FILES.  For our purposes this devotional begins on Monday, and covers 7 days.
    • If you would prefer reading the entire Chapter and answering all the questions at once, please do so!  Whichever is easiest for you to do.
  • For a complete list of dates & topics, our official BE Basic Study Schedule, you will need to visit the  Authentic Living Ministries Blog
  • If you are reading this on the Blog, and not in your email, consider this your invitation to join our Online Bible Study Group!

I think that's just about it!  As always, I am so excited to begin this next chapter on God's journey with you! If you have any questions please send me an email using the form located on the left side of the Blog, labeled "Contact Me".

Blessings,

Kathy



Sunday, March 6, 2016

Looking Ahead...


Hello Women of God!

There will be NO GROUP this week.  Enjoy the week off, get rested, and I will see you next week (Monday @ 8 pm or Wednesday @ 1 pm) as we begin our next study.

However, I do have some 'homework' for you!  If you've already gotten your book, Be Basic, please read the Introduction, titled 'The Big Idea' and the 'Word from the Author' before we start next week.

Our next study begins on March 14 & March 17.  That is NEXT WEEK! Please make plans to attend! Here's the info:

Be Basic (Genesis 1-11): Believing the Simple Truth of God's Word by Warren W. Wiersbe.


Due to copyright the book will only be available for purchase.  There will be no free copies.  Make sure to purchase your books by Monday, March 14 or Wednesday, March 17 so that we can all start together. You can find it at the following locations:

Buy it from Amazon  - in Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from Christianbooks - in eBook, Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from LifeWay - in eBook

The Bible Study Outline that I spoke about in last week's email will be available on Monday, March 14.  You can download it from the Study Schedule Tab on the Authentic Living Ministries Blog.

Please remember, the outline will not contain any information from the book itself, it's simply an easy way to turn a long chapter into smaller, digestible chunks that will function as Daily Devotionals.

I have to say that I am so excited to be continuing this journey of Authenticity with you!  I am looking forward to the coming months and all the blessings God has planned for our Group!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  If you are reading this on the Blog, and not in your email, you are invited to join us!  Please click on the Join Small Group tab located in the top bar of this page and follow the instructions.

Blessings Ladies!

Kathy



Sunday, February 28, 2016

Session 7 of 50 Days of Transformation

Welcome to Session 7 of our Transformation study!  This week we will be discussing how to 'Transform Our Vocational Health'.  The video notes begin on page 186, the Discovery Questions are on page 189 and the devotionals begin on page 194

Join us on Monday at 8 pm or Wednesday at 1 pm as we discuss our Vocational Health!

As you know, we only have one more week of our Transformation Study!  Wow, it doesn't seem possible, does it???  However, we have a few exciting things coming up in the next few weeks.

The Vineyard's Small Group Fair is on the weekend of March 12 & 13.  This is an exciting time for us as we open up the group for new members, and it also means that we will be having a table!  If you would like to volunteer to help out at the table, please let me know and I will send you the details.  This semester we are officially two groups in one, Monday's and Wednesday's.

Looking ahead, we are going to be beginning our next study on March 14 & March 17.  Please make plans to attend!  Here's the info:

Be Basic (Genesis 1-11): Believing the Simple Truth of God's Word by Warren W. Wiersbe.

Due to copyright the book will only be available for purchase.  There will be no free copies.  Make sure to purchase your books by Monday, March 14 or Wednesday, March 17 so that we can all start together.  You can find it at the following locations:

Buy it from Amazon  - in Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from Christianbooks - in eBook, Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from LifeWay - in eBook

I am creating a Bible Study Outline that I will be using for the "BE: Basic" study, and I will be making it available to you as well.  Because the chapters are pretty long I am breaking it down into easy to study 'chunks' for daily devotionals.  It won't contain anything but the pages per day, so you will need to get a copy of the book to use it.

That's all the news for today.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kathy


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Session 6 of 50 Days of Transformation



Happy Monday Ladies!

Welcome to Session 6 of our Transformation study!  This week we will be discussing how to 'Transform Our Financial Health'.

The video has been posted on our group page...the notes for the video begin on page 158 of the study book, the Discovery Questions begin on page 161, and the daily devotionals begin on page 164.


Join us on Monday at 8 pm or Wednesday at 1 pm as we discuss our Financial Health!


As you know, we only have two more weeks of our Transformation Study!  Wow, it doesn't seem possible, does it???  However, we have a few exciting things coming up in the next few weeks.

The Vineyard's Small Group Fair is on the weekend of March 12 & 13.  This is an exciting time for us as we open up the group for new members, and it also means that we will be having a table!  If you would like to volunteer to help out at the table, please let me know and I will send you the details.  This semester we are officially two groups in one, Monday's and Wednesday's.

Looking ahead, we are going to be beginning our next study on March 14 & March 17.  Please make plans to attend!  Here's the info:

Be Basic (Genesis 1-11): Believing the Simple Truth of God's Word by Warren W. Wiersbe.

Due to copyright the book will only be available for purchase.  There will be no free copies.  Make sure to purchase your books by Monday, March 14 or Wednesday, March 17 so that we can all start together.  You can find it at the following locations:

Buy it from Amazon  - in Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from Christianbooks - in eBook, Kindle and Paperback
Buy it from LifeWay - in eBook

In closing I just want to tell you all how much I have enjoyed getting to know you over the last few weeks and months, and I hope that you will be continuing on with Authentic Living Ministries Online Small Group in the months ahead!

Be blessed!

Kathy




Sunday, February 14, 2016

Session 5 of 50 Days of Transformation





Happy Monday Ladies!

This week we are discussing how to be “Transformed in My Relational Health”. Just some points you need to be aware of…






  • The video has been posted. The notes for the video can be found on page 126 of your Study Book. 
  • Our questions this week will be taken from the Discovery Questions on page 132.
  • Your devotions for the week begin on page 136 (Day 29).

Join us on Monday at 8 pm or Wednesday at 1 pm…or both!


>>IMPORTANT INFORMATION<<

As you know our Online Small Group will continue after the “50 Days” study concludes, and it is official, we are now one group on two days!

  • Mondays at 8 pm
  • Wednesdays at 1 pm 

So that you will be prepared for our next study, please head over to our Study Schedule Tab on the Blog to find the information for our next Bible Study, BE Basic, written by Warren W. Wiersbe.


Blessings,
Kathy



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Session 4 of 50 Days of Transformation



How is everyone doing with your “50 Days of Transformation”?

So far we’ve discussed being transformed in our spiritual health, physical health and mental health, and I’ve got to be honest…I am already noticing a difference in my walk with Christ!  I feel more hopeful and more grounded in God’s word. I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for us in the coming weeks.




This week we are discussing how to be “Transformed in My Emotional Health”.  Just some points you need to be aware of…
  • The video has been posted. The notes for the video can be found on page 96 of your Study Book.
  • Our questions this week will be taken from the Discovery Questions on page 99.
  • Your devotions for the week begin on page 104 (Day 22).
  • Join us on Monday at 8 pm or Wednesday at 1 pm…or both! 



>>IMPORTANT INFORMATION<<

I know it doesn’t seem possible, but this week’s session marks the halfway point in this study. That means we only have 3 weeks left!

I wanted you all to know that our Online Small Group will continue after the “50 Days” study concludes, and not only that, but BOTH days will still be available! 

So that you will be prepared for our next study, please head over to our Study Schedule Tab on the Blog to find the information for our next Bible Study, BE Basic, written by Warren W. Wiersbe.

As I’ve said I am so excited that we are on this Transformation Journey together! See you soon!

Blessings,

Kathy





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Session 3 of 50 Days of Transformation






Welcome to Session 3 of our '50 Days of Transformation' Study!  This week we will be studying how to be "Transformed in Our Mental Health".  The mind is an important part of our walk with God because whatever goes into our mind determines how we think, and who we are.

Our memory verse this week is found in Romans 12:2..."Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will."

How are you all doing with your daily devotions? I know that God is using them to minister to my own life, and I thought I would share with you a little that God's put on my heart. Recently I just passed my 29th year of salvation and I have to admit, in recent years I've gotten a bit slothful in my daily times with God. I still talked to Him, but not nearly as faithful as I first did. At the beginning of this 'Transformation Study' I made a promise, that before I did anything else in the morning, before I check my phone, turn on the radio or computer, or anything else, I would put God first by meeting daily with Him for a time of study and prayer. At times it's been a bit hard but over the last few weeks I definitely feel closer to God, and my daily time with Him has increased my peace and faith. 

Have you noticed any changes in your spiritual life since we began this study? How have you been 'Transformed'? Please consider sharing with us this week at the beginning of our meetings!

Our devotions begin on page 74.  Our questions for this week will be chosen from our Discovery Questions on page 70, make sure to answer them all because you never know which 3 will be chosen! 


Have a blessed week and I will see you either on Monday, February 1st at 8 PM or Wednesday, February 3rd at 1 PM!


Blessings,

Kathy 





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  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Session 2 of 50 Days of Transformation




Welcome to the 2nd Session of '50 Days of Transformation'!  This week we are discussing how to be Transformed in our Physical Health.


Just a few things to take note of this week:
  1. Our Small Group Pastor has asked all Small Groups to submit a group photo!  Since we are online I am going to have to get creative - ha ha - and so if you would like your picture included in our Online Small Group Collage, please send one to me by this Thursday, January 28.  It needs to be one of you alone, preferably a headshot, and one you don't mind others seeing.  Send them to me thru Facebook, or my email. 
  2. Did you get a chance to watch the Session 2 video yet?  It's been posted so please watch it before you attend Small Group.  There are notes in your workbook to fill out as you watch. Our questions will be taken from the questions asked about the Session 2 video on page 39.
  3. I'd like to hear your Transformation Stories!  Have you experienced any spiritual growth, answers to prayer, or anything in between during this study?  Please send me a private email with the details.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this week, and am very excited to share this time of transformation with you all!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Blessings,

Kathy 





If you’re reading this on the Blog and not in your email box, and would like to join Small Group, follow these instructions…
  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Session 1 of 50 Days of Transformation




Welcome to your '50 Days of Transformation'!  I have to say we are only one week into this study and I've already been blessed.  What a great message!  I am also excited to welcome all of our new members, and am so thankful for those who've been with us from the beginning.


Just a few things to take note of this week:
  1. Our Small Group Pastor has asked all Small Groups to submit a group photo!  Since we are online I am going to have to get creative - ha ha - and so if you would like your picture included in our Online Small Group Collage, please send one to me as soon as possible.  It needs to be one of you alone, preferably a headshot, and one you don't mind others seeing.  Send them to me thru Facebook, or my email. 
  2. Did you get a chance to watch the Session 1 video yet?  It's been posted so please watch it before you attend Small Group.  There are notes in your workbook to fill out as you watch. Our questions will be taken from the questions asked about the Session 1 video on page 9.
  3. New to the Group?  Please take a gander at last week's Blog, it's full of helpful information.
  4. I'd like to hear your Transformation Stories!  Have you experienced any spiritual growth, answers to prayer, or anything in between during this study?  Please send me a private email with the details.
  5. Did you pray to receive Christ for the first time during Session 1's video?  Please let me know!

Again, I just want you all to know how blessed I am to call you friends, and how honored I am to have you join me as we study God's word together.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Blessings,

Kathy 








If you’re reading this on the Blog and not in your email box, and would like to join Small Group, follow these instructions…
  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Introduction: 50 Days of Transformation Study



Welcome to Online Small Group!

This week we start our study with an "Introduction to 50 Days of Transformation". If you haven't had the chance you will need to watch this week's video (it's been posted on our Facebook Group page) before our meetings, as we will be discussing what we learned in the video.



Please do not start your book's devotionals until next week, as that is the week we start using the book.

Just a few things to note about this study:
  • Each session includes a video, which I will post on Sunday mornings, which will need to be viewed before you attend the weekly meeting.
  • Do not download the app that Rick Warren asks you to download. It's an app for his church, so it does not apply to us.
  • Rick also asks us to take a group picture. We will not be doing so, so please don't send a picture to him.  
  • The study begins on Monday, January 11 at 8 pm and Wednesday, January 13 at 1 pm.



I would like to welcome all our new members to the group!  We are so happy to have you join with us.  To help you, let me post a bit of information you might find useful before your first meeting. This info can be found on our Join Small Group page .

What time does the Group meet?
  • We meet every Monday night at 8:00 PM & Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
  • Since I live in Arizona we do not observe Daylight Savings Time. Please adjust your time according to the state you live in. For your convenience, here is a handy Time Zone Converter
  • Small Group lasts for an hour.
How do I participate in Small Group?
  • On the night of the Small Group, login into Facebook and go to the Authentic Living Small Group page. I will post a picture for the night, and underneath that picture, in the comments, is where our Small Group will meet for the night. We will open with prayer, and then I will be posting a series of questions. All answers should be posted in the comments under the picture as well. We will close with prayer.
  • All answers should be prefaced with Q1, Q2, etc…so that we know which question is being answered.
What if I can't type as fast as other people?
  • Please don't worry, our group is relaxed and easy going.  Post your answers and comments when you get them done, it doesn't matter if you're 'slow' or 'fast', we want to hear from you!

I think that just about covers it!  I am so excited as we begin this journey together!

Blessings, 

Kathy






If you’re reading this on the Blog and not in your email box, and would like to join Small Group, follow these instructions…
  • REGISTER your email to get Small Group updates!  Look to the top right of the Blog, put your email in, and don’t forget to ‘activate’ your registration through the link that will be emailed to you by Feedburner.
  • JOIN SMALL GROUP by going to the Join Small Group tab and follow the instructions found there.